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Interview - Bradley Erickson, MD, Ph.D.

In an exclusive itnTV video interview, Imaging Technology News Editor Cristen Bolan talks with SIIM Chair Bradley Erickson, M.D., Ph.D., co-director of the Medical Imaging Informatics Innovation Center, about how this year's annual meeting provides a glimpse into the future of imaging informatics. At the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2010 annual meeting, held June 3 to 6 in Minneapolis, SIIM rolled out new interactive programs, such as “Doctor Is In” and the “Vendor Tie-In” sessions, to address problems with the application of information technology in the clinical setting. The show's Opening General Session set the stage for the first annual Year in Review. SIIM's board of directors and other invited members were asked to identify hot topics for this session. The review covered the following topics: - Politics and business intelligence: Meeting the challenge, as more administrators and radiologists are asked to justify expenditures and new equipment acquisitions while growing their imaging businesses. - Advanced image visualization, quantitation and morphometric measurement of normal and abnormal structures: These tools are important, especially when using web clients and engaging clinicians has emerged as a high interest topic. - Communication of patient data, 3-D, computed tomography and magnetic resonance processing, digital radiography, cloud-based storage: These examine aspects of healthcare reform and the role of informatics. - Communication tools: Advancements in tools for communicating critical results. Erickson said that SIIM is committed to providing more of this type of content radiologists are looking via the web. As Erickson looked toward the exciting developments in imaging informatics in the coming year, he had a take-home message for all of the attendees at SIIM 2010. "SIIM is the home for informatics professionals to learn what is new and exciting in the field and to establish connections with new people and refresh the connections they have established in the past," he said. "Having that sort of a network is critical. The annual meeting is a platform to establish connections amongst SIIM members throughout the year." For more information: www.siim2010.org